Anne St. Clair Wright: Early Years
Anne St. Clair Wright was born in l910 in Newport News, Virginia. As a child of a Navy family, she spent her youth in many different countries.
She first came to Annapolis in 1912, age 2, and stayed there until 1914. By that time her parents, Rear Admiral Arthur St. Clair Smith and Lena Salley Smith, had built a house at number 6 Southgate Avenue which became their permanent home. St. Clair left in 1914 with her family.
Her father was stationed in the Far East from 1914-1917 and the family lived in the Philippines at Olongopo. Admiral Smith was back at the Naval Academy during World War I and went to France immediately after the end of World War I, to Bordeaux. From Bordeaux they traveled by ship to the Far East and then moved to Beijing (Pekin in those days) for the years 1922-1925.